Fight Frizzy Hair
Pouf, fuzz, frayed ends: This is the price we pay for balmy weather. (The upside: glowy skin and, well, balmy weather.) But there are steps you can take to fight frizz, so go ahead—let your hair down this summer.
Unless your hair is extremely fine, load up on a deep conditioner each time you shampoo. Be sure to leave it on for at least five minutes in the shower—it really makes a difference. (We like AVEDA Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner) And when drying off, blot—don’t twist or rub—your hair with a towel, which can break the hair and lead to flyaways. We also recommend using a microfiber towel, since it produces less friction.
If you don’t have time for morning styling sessions—and to limit the damage caused by the blow-dryer—shampoo at night, and then apply a styling cream from roots to tips. (We love AVEDA Brilliant Universal Styling Creme because it offers intense moisture which controls frizz.) Comb your hair into a tight bun at the nape of your neck, and secure it with an elastic. When you wake up, simply remove the elastic and run your fingers through to separate your new smooth waves.
Before you even think about going near your hair with a flatiron or blow-dryer, spritz on a heat-protective spray. This is important for all hair types, but especially for those with fine hair, which is more prone to the kind of cuticle damage that leads to frizz. We like AVEDA Brilliant Damage Control spray.
Ionic blow-dryers reduce frizz by compressing the cuticle, which locks out puff-inducing moisture.
The fuzzy halo of flyaways can be the toughest symptom of frizz. Before you resort to hiding under a hat, try these products:
For Straight Hair: Lightly mist shine spray onto a small brush (a hair-dye brush or large toothbrush is perfect) and skim it over the frizz. We like AVEDA Brilliant shine spray.
For Curly Hair: Put a small dab of anti-frizz styling cream (such as AVEDA Be Curly style prep or Curl Enhancer lotion) into your palm, then rub your hands together. Gently glide your palms over the surface of your hair to smooth frizz without flattening your overall shape.
Too much alcohol can leave your hair with a nasty hangover in the form of frizz. The biggest boozy culprit: hair spray, the alcohol content of which can swell up the hair cuticle, causing puffiness.
When you want to pull your hair back, go for a bun over a ponytail. By wrapping the hair around itself, you smooth the flyaways.
Here’s why you need a deep conditioner: The ingredients are much more concentrated, and they leave behind a smoothing film that prevents frizz. If you have severe damage, consider leaving the product on overnight—just place a towel on the pillow to prevent a mess. We like AVEDA Dry Remedy or Damage Remedy Treatment Masques.
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